Staying safe online
Many of our children may have access to a mobile phone, games console or other device, which has the potential to connect to the internet and social media.
Whilst we hope that children will have a lot of fun developing useful skills and talking to friends and family, we are also concerned about some of the potential risks you and your child may encounter online.
As professionals working in the area of safeguarding, we are particularly concerned about the risk of young people being contacted by people they do not know and who may wish them harm including sexual exploitation, which can be either on-line contact or could lead to physical contact.
Please find below a link for an on-line parenting magazine which you may find helpful. You may also find that retailers will assist with security controls.
Further information is available about this and other ways to keep safe on line on the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board website, where there is an E Safety leaflet and strategy.
There is also an e-learning course developed by the national charity Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) which can be accessed via http://www.paceuk.info/the-problem/keep-them-safe/
You can also access information on the Nottinghamshire Police website https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/online.
It is also important that you encourage your child to tell you, or a trusted adult, if anyone they do not know asks them to meet up or to do something they do not feel comfortable about.
Finally if you have any concerns about your child please seek the advice of professionals at school, Children’s Social Care at Children and Families Direct on 0115 8764800 or the Police on 101 depending on the level of urgency.
We are running a course in school on Wednesday 17th May called CYBERWISE for parents, carers and children (Y4,4,6) to learn how to be respectful and safe on-line. We will send out more details shortly.